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“Amazing but bring the DEET”

Cumberland Island National Seashore
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Owner description: Island known for its wide beaches and variety of outdoor activities.
West Hartford, Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Amazing but bring the DEET”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We just had the most wonderful visit to Cumberland Island. I was so looking forward to seeing the wild horses and I wasn't disappointed. We saw dolphins as we were docking and raccoon everywhere. The horses - including a baby- were right near the dock and another group at Dungeness. We hiked along interior trails to Stewards Beach and got eaten alive. The bug spray we brought with us could not keep up with the ravenous mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers. I was wishing we'd brought the likely-cancer-causing Deep Woods Off with DEET that we use for backwoods hiking. Stewards Beach was amazing. It's the first time in my life I was ever the only soul on a beach in the middle of the day for as far as the eye could see. It's a 10 mile round trip hike and worth every step. Two kernels of advice - Bring the DEET (and sunscreen) and hike on the hard sand of the beach where, at least on this day, there were NO BUGS!

Visited May 2014
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Piney Flats, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
358 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Wonderful history & tour !”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Would highly recommend this trip. As soon as you arrive by ferry, look for ranger doing the short walking tour to Dungeness. After this tour, if you are up to it, walk 1/2 mile to beach, one mile north on beach, & 1/2 mile to boat dock. Great way to see the island !! Two boat docks - you can arrive & leave from either !

Visited May 2014
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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
25 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Such a peaceful and wild place”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

The worst part of the trip is making the reservation. I was on hold about 90 minutes and finally got booked. Noted that in summer time, they had 2:45 ferry and 4:45 ferry go back. I originally scheduled the 4:45 ferry but finished early and took the 2:45 ferry without any problem. But check with the ranger first before you decide to change the ferry time. The island self is very unique. It has wetland, forest, dunes and beach. The most beautiful things are those wild horses around the ruin area. The beach is so wide open and you can enjoy your lunch there. It is very relaxing.

Visited May 2014
Thank chachaSH
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Beautiful Cumberland”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

This place is remote, I mean remote as in nothing in the way of shops, food, water or in fact anything other than sand, wild animals, old ruins and mosquitoes.

IMPORTANT: A small to medium backpack. Water bottles at least 2 per person for 4 hours, food, energy bars , bug repellant by the gallon and sensible clothing, a hat is a must.
If you visit the beach, there is no shade and it's a hike to get to it. If you are into wildlife, wild horses, deer, birds and more.
Worthy of a visit, no more than 4hours 9am ferry and leave at 2:45 is best. If you want more, stay in St. Marys, this place is superb.

Visited April 2014
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great nature lovers retreat”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Take the St Mary's ferry and spend the day ! It is rustic, no food or drink but if you love peace,quiet and nature, this is your place!
Ride bikes under moss covered trees, get to pristine sand dunes and beaches, where you will not see another soul.

Visited April 2014
Thank Linda S
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